Frog (MIT Mystery Hunt 2020)

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Frog
MIT Mystery Hunt 2020
Author(s)Ian Tullis, Yar Woo, Todd Etter
Statistics
No. solves99 full solves, 19 correct submissions
No. total guesses40

Frog is a puzzle from the Safari Adventure round of the 2020 MIT Mystery Hunt, based heavily around the board game Concept.

Puzzle Elements

Interaction - After submitting LILYPAD to the answer checker as instructed, teams were directed to send someone to a room on campus. Inside that room was four boards from the board game Concept and a sign on the wall.

Lateral Thought - Just as in the board game Concept, the aim is to determine what concept each board is cluing with its green question mark. The question mark marks the category of its concept, green cubes mark other properties, and the exclamation marks and associated cubes clue related concepts. A guide for interpreting the iconography (also from the Concept board game) was made available.

Binary (Five-Bit) - The concepts found in this way are COLOR, OLYMPICS, RINGS, BINARY. The Olympic rings have five colors that match the exact colors of the Concept pieces; treating presence as 1 and absence as 0, these spell out an answer in five-bit binary.

Odd-One-Out - On each board, there is exactly one cube positioned directly next to the corresponding box, rather than on it. The question mark is positioned likewise on the poster.

Indexing (List) - The height of each cube is used to indicate which interpretation is used. These form a final Concept game (or alternatively a Final Clue Phrase) leading to the other answer.

Multiple Answers (Split) - Like most Safari Adventure puzzles, this puzzle has multiple answers. While both halves are themed around one thing, the halves can be solved independently of each other, with minimal overlap in use between each half.